New 1190 adventure: The world's safest motorcycle


Words & Photo: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

As the world's very first motorcycles, the MY 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R feature a truly revolutionary rider assistance system: the riding dynamics control MSC. This system makes a long held dream come true – an ABS that even works perfectly while cornering.

Technology leader

Only a few years ago, KTM was considered as a newcomer in the street bike segment. However, KTM reached – in typical KTM style – the technological forefront on the double and gains the innovative lead for MY14 as meanwhile Europe´s largest motorcycle manufacturer.


This step in development, the new MSC stability control is a milestone in the motorcycle industry and would not have been possible without outstanding partners.
Jointly developed with Bosch, the motorcycle stability control MSC supports the rider of the 1190 Adventure together with the combined antilock braking system C-ABS and the motorcycle traction control MTC in a multitude of ways – of course within the limits of physics, just as any assistance system:

• MSC can prevent the wheels from slipping when braking while leaning over.
• MSC minimises the righting moment when braking while leaning over.
• MSC prevents rolling over in emergency stops.
• MSC prevents rear wheel skids when accelerating while leaning over.
• MSC prevents rising of the front wheel while accelerating.

This means it is the perfect premise for maximum dynamism and pure riding fun, combined with the confidence brought by optimum safety. And the perfect complement of the high tech package that KTM put on wheels in the 1190 Adventure with a previously unheard-of development effort.

Ground breaking technologies, uncompromising transfer of knowledge from racing, and not least a whole load of cutting-edge electronic assistance systems have ensured the 150hp, 230 kg light 1190 Adventure defines new standards for travel enduros on tarmac as well as off-road, releasing rapturous excitement with industry media and riders alike. With its unbeatably low weight, its superior dynamics and its exemplary safety, the 1190 Adventure upholds all the traditional core company values of KTM. And with great touring capabilities, versatility and razor sharp precision, it has to fear no opponent on tarmac.

The powerful, economical and refined 75° V2 powerplant with electronic, ride-by-wire engine management system offers everything a top-class travel enduro needs: plenty of power even at low engine speeds, a solid mid-range punch for touring with a full load, and great maximum power and response whenever it really counts.

Retro fit: MSC available for all 1190 Adventure clients

That means the new 1190 Adventure’s range of application spans the whole bandwidth from enjoyable cruising to all-out mayhem, from comfortable touring to outings into the fascinating world beyond paved roads. And thanks to the stability control MSC, from now on, it is not only the most versatile of all travel enduros, but also the safest motorcycle in the world. And most importantly for customers who have already bought an Adventure or Adventure R in 2013: From December 2013, both Adventure models can be retrofitted with the revolutionary MSC at authorized KTM dealers for 399 Euro.

The production of the new 1190 Adventure model year with standard MSC starts in December 2013. The designated price in Germany including taxes is 13.995 Euro for the 1190 Adventure and 15.495 Euro for the Adventure R.